Hi! As you may or may not know, I’m Maya. Founder, blogger, director, or whatever you want to call it, of By Maya Z! I’ve been writing posts for a bit now, and I’ve realised I haven’t talked much about myself. So for today’s post, I’m going to tell you 20 random facts about me, so you get to know me a little bit better!
1. I’m trilingual.
Let’s start with an easy random fact.
I speak three languages fluently; Catalan, Spanish & English! I talk more in Spanish, but I love reading and writing in English. People often ask me what language I think in or dream in, and honestly, I think both! Catalan, I speak with some of my friends, but I speak in Spanish with most of them.
2. I’m an introvert with extroverted tendencies.
At least that’s what I believe I am! 😂
I’ve always thought of myself as an introvert. I love being with myself, and I really do recharge my energy when I’m alone. However, I have also always loved being social, going out, meeting and talking to people! I do need my time alone, but once I’m rested and ‘recharged’, I reach out to people and crave social interaction.
3. My most watched movies are probably Harry Potter films.
My friends say I’m a bit of a geek, and I get it. I also love The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Marvel, Pokemon… lol
4. I live in Barcelona, and I was born in London.
The history of Maya Zelaskowski.
Yup, you heard that surname right. My grandad was Polish, he married my grandma who was Irish, and they lived in Birmingham, UK. My dad met my mum who is Spanish at a party in London, and then I appeared into their lives! When I was three my brother was born and they decided to move to a town very near Barcelona and that’s where I’ve lived since (except for when I went to study abroad).
5. I’ve recently stopped eating meat and fish.
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My boyfriend and I saw the movie Okja, which made me cry for hours, and the next day we decided to become vegetarians. I’d like to talk about the experience in a blog post, but I will say that so far I’m very happy about the decision!
6. I studied Fashion in Cardiff, Wales.
In 2015 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. All my friends were studying and I had recently dropped out of uni in Barcelona because I hated the course I was doing. So I decided to be open to the possibility of studying abroad, I had a friend that was doing it and I found a course that I was very interested in at the University of South Wales, in Cardiff. The course was Fashion Promotion and I loved it! I sometimes wish I could go back and relive the experience all over again, I miss it!
7. I’m a good listener.
My dad’s a psychotherapist, and I did consider going that route for a while. But my creative side was stronger. Still, I think I’m a good listener, people confide in me! I have to work on opening up to people a bit more though! 😂
8. I started modelling when I was 15.
When I was 15 I went to and sent my photos to a few agencies in Barcelona, and signed with one of them. I started modelling, went to castings, and all that while I was still in school, so I didn’t have time to do it full time. Then, I went to university and stopped, and now I occasionally model freelance! I do like taking photos, but I don’t really like being a model signed to an agency, I felt it was very restrictive and honestly, I’d rather be taking the photos! I have a photography portfolio linked here if you’re interested!
9. I love music.
Well, who doesn’t?!
But yeah, one of my favourite things to do is to create playlists and find new songs on Spotify. Follow my profile btw!! Lately, I’m more into Pop, but I also a have Rock and Roll playlist, Indie, musical, country, rap… If you have playlists you love please send them to me! Love checking out new music 🎶.
10. I’m tall.
I’m 5’9. I love being tall! Sometimes I think I don’t want to be as tall so I can wear heels without being stared at 😂.
11. I love road trips.
Every summer my boyfriend and I go on surfing road trips & camping! Don’t get me wrong, I also love going to hotels and whatnot, but there’s something special about going camping! My dream has always been to live in a van & travel for a bit! One of my fave Youtubers is Hannah Lee Duggan, she lives in her van for part of the year and makes content that just makes me happy. My boyfriend recently got a small van that can fit a bed, so I’m sooo excited to go on our first road trip!
12. I’m a city-country gal.
I’m both. I can’t be one thing, sorry. I live in a town near Barcelona, so I can go to the city whenever I want, but then go back to my town! In the summers, we would always go to our country home in León, I love being in nature for a while.
13. I love dressing up & doing my makeup.
I miss dressing up so much!! This year has been the joggers, hoodies, comfy clothes year (because of covid, as you know). Can’t wait to actually dress up for a fun event! I also looove costume themed parties. Don’t get invited to many though 😂!
14. I’ve had a variety of jobs.
I’ve modelled, I’ve been an English tutor, a waitress, I’ve worked in events, I’ve been an extra in movies & TV, I was even a Youtuber for a bit 😂😂. When the pandemic hit, I was working in events, and of course, I lost my job. That’s why I decided to create By Maya Z!
15. I used to play the piano.
One of my biggest regrets is quitting. At the time I was tired of going to lessons every week, I guess my teenage self wanted to do other things. But I honestly wish I would’ve kept practising! Every time I see my keyboard I think I should start playing again, but for some reason, the day never comes! One day, I promise I will.
13. I love going to the movies.
It saddens me to think that not many people go anymore, not only because of the pandemic, but also because we all have huge TV’s and Netflix, HBO, and whatever we want from home. Even though it’s quite expensive, going to the cinema is one of my favourite things to do!
14. I’m a Gemini.
Might not meen much to some of you, but yeah, I’m a Gemini. 😆
15. I started doing yoga.
I tried it (seriously) for the first time during lockdown. My boyfriend and I started doing yoga every day during the pandemic, and we absolutely loved it! Stretching makes my body feel new and relaxed, it’s the best feeling ever. Now, I do it some days during the week, I especially love it after a workout!
16. Making this blog is one of my best decisions!
I’ve always loved internet stuff. When I was younger, I probably made about three blogs on Blogspot. Life happened, studies happened, friends, etc. So during the pandemic, for some reason, I decided I wanted a new blog! At first, I only wanted to make it for fun, to post photos & random things. But then, I decided that maybe I could take it more seriously and a few months later, I started researching and learning about SEO, affiliate marketing & all that jazz. I now have many goals set when it comes to my blog, but I’ve also discovered I love writing!! This blog is my creative outlet, it has helped me so much this year.
17. I love to work out.
I have to admit I go through stages. There are some months I hardly work out, maybe because I’m too busy, or because I postpone it too much. But the times I do exercise on a regular basis, are the times I feel the best. I love going to the gym, I really do! I’ve found out that it not only makes my day 10 times better, it reaaally helps with my mental health! I know not everyone can go or like going to the gym, I think each one of us has to find our own way of enjoying exercise, it’s so therapeutic!
17. I enjoy organising.
My teenage self would be shocked. I love organising! That’s why I created planner inserts, so I could have a personalised planner to gather all my ideas, thoughts and to do’s. I also love it when my room is clean and everything is organised, it makes life a bit better 😆. Also, I can’t wait to have my own space so I can decorate and arrange everything however I want!
18. I love photography.
As I mentioned earlier, I have a photography portfolio. My parents gave me a Nikon camera when I was about 14, and it’s the best gift I’ve ever gotten! I still use it when I travel and take photos for my blog or with my friends. I have a photography Instagram too, which I should update more often!
Love it. I get hangry, so I have to have food in my tummy. Since I’m now a vegetarian, I’ve been researching and learning about new ways of cooking and I’ve been having fun trying out new dishes!
20. I watch comfort shows on a loop.
By comfort shows, I mean Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., The Vampire Diaries & that kind of thing!
Thank you so much for reading 20 random facts about me! Hope you learned a bit more about me, until next week.
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